Can I do an apprenticeship if I have a degree?

If you are a graduate you can do an apprenticeship however, you will not qualify for funding for a level 2, 3 or 4 apprenticeship. Therefore, you will need to cover the full cost of the course so it could be worth talking to your employer as they may be willing to help.

Can I do my apprenticeship with any employer?

As long as the employer meets the Health and Safety regulations and is able to offer the correct range of work required to cover the skills criteria of the apprenticeship, you can work with any employer.

Swindon College will check these details before confirming your apprenticeship. The employer must agree to employ you for the whole duration of the apprenticeship, pay you at least the NMW and give you appropriate on-the-job training.

Can Swindon College help me find an employer?

Swindon College advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Website

Experience has shown that if you are proactive about finding an apprenticeship and contact employers directly they are more likely to be interested in your application. Please check out our Tips for Finding your Apprenticeship Employer guide. You may also find it useful to search employer websites or the local newspapers for job vacancies.

How long does it take to do an apprenticeship?

The length of an apprenticeship depends on the course and level studied. Those on offer at Swindon College can take between 1 and 4 years to complete, for more information Browse Subjects.

What is the age limit to do an apprenticeship?

There is no upper age limit to do an Apprenticeship but you must be a minimum of 16 years old at the start of your course. In most cases, funding is available for anyone between 16-24 years old. If you would like further information on this please give us a call on: 01793 498 208 or email:

Where will an apprenticeship take me?

The qualifications you receive as an apprentice will be recognised by any employer, anywhere in the country. If you want to go on to further study you can progress to HNC or HND qualifications and an Advanced Apprenticeship is accepted by some universities as an entry qualification for a degree.  

Will I be supported by the college?

You will be assigned a dedicated Training Co-ordinator who will support you through regular work based review meetings throughout the entire process.The Training Co-ordinator will support with:

  • Deciding which apprenticeship is right for you
  • Explain the way that apprenticeships work
  • Agree for you to attend interviews
  • Agree a training plan & arrange for you to be trained through our excellent on-site facilities
  • Manage the training and evaluation
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training
  • Pay you directly every week into your bank account.

Will I have to pay any fees to do an apprenticeship?

If you are aged 16 -18, there is no cost to you. For those aged 19+ fees may be applicable. Please contact the Apprenticeship Team for more information.

Apprenticeship funding is currently not available for those who have a degree, HNC, HND or equivalent Level 4 or above qualification. This means you, as the apprentice, would be liable for the full course fees.

How much will I get paid?

There is a National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate per hour for an apprentice, regardless of age, whilst you are in the first year of your apprenticeship. After completion of thier first year, the National Minimum Wage appropriate to your age applies. For more information on the NMW please visit

SAS will give you on-the-job training and will be responsible for paying your wages. Generally an apprentice is employed for at least 30 hours per week, but no more than 40 hours per week.

What are the entry requirements of an apprenticeship?

Entry requirements vary depending on the course and level studied. However, all apprentices must be aged 16 or over, in suitable employment, be living in England and not taking part in full-time education or any other government funded course.